Marriage / Family Therapist Salary

Earnings for Marriage & Family Therapists in the United States come in at around $46K annually on average. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Marriage & Family Therapists. Nearly one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 85 percent of Marriage & Family Therapists are female. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$33,466 - $64,928
$33K
$46K
$65K
MEDIAN: $45,965
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90%

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$16.27 - $51.33
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$51
MEDIAN: $24.12
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$33,466 - $64,928  
   
Bonus
$49.66 - $6,040  
Profit Sharing
$1,245  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$33,790 - $76,393  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 440
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$16.27 - $51.33  
   
Overtime
$8.00 - $42.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$49.66 - $6,040  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,245  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$33,790 - $76,393  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 190

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Job Description for Marriage / Family Therapist

The duty of a marriage/family therapist is to counsel individuals and treat patients. The individual would counsel couples and families regarding a wide range of possible psychological issues relating to their personal relationships.

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Marriage / Family Therapist Tasks

  • Facilitate and lead group and education sessions.
  • Provide individual, couple, family and group therapy.
  • Develop and implement individualized treatment plans addressing family relationship problems.
  • Assess, diagnose and counsel individuals, couples and families.
  • Manage caseload and documentation.

Common Career Paths for Marriage / Family Therapist


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Marriage & Family Therapists often transition into upper-level roles like Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, for which the average compensation is $53K per year. Marriage & Family Therapists typically move into roles as Licensed Clinical Social Workers or Clinical Supervisors, and those positions pay $5K more and $6K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Marriage / Family Therapist


Marriage & Family Therapists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Clinical Psychology, Spanish Language, Group Therapy, and Emergency/Trauma are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Case Management. For most people, competency in Case Management indicates knowledge of Clinical Psychology.

Pay by Experience Level for Marriage / Family Therapist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Marriage & Family Therapists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $51K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $45K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Marriage & Family Therapists make a median salary of $59K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $67K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,833

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Marriage & Family Therapists, 27 percent higher than the national average. Marriage & Family Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+13 percent), Portland (+9 percent), Honolulu (+9 percent), and Philadelphia (+4 percent). Marriage & Family Therapists in Pittsburgh report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 28 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers pay around 21 percent less in Denver and 11 percent less in Reading, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Marriage / Family Therapist

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Marriage / Family Therapist Salaries

▲42%

▲26%

▲9%

National Average
$47,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Marriage / Family Therapist Salaries


Spanish Language
▲6%

Group Therapy
▲4%

National Average
$47,000


Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
▼1%

▼3%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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